May 13, 2024

CIIMAR leads coral garden recovery in the Mediterranean Sea

CIIMAR won two projects to recover coral gardens impacted by anthropogenic climate change.

In the midst of the severe heat waves that have affected the Mediterranean Sea almost every year since 2015, causing significant damage to biodiversity, researcher Jean-Baptiste Ledoux has just secured funding for two projects aimed at the recovery, conservation, and restoration of Mediterranean corals, impacting the conservation of the entire ecosystem.

The BUFFER and RED-COR2 projects are funded by the Pure Ocean Foundation and Biodiversity Genomics Europe and primarily utilize population genetics to promote nature-based solutions (NBS). The projects promise to adopt innovative perspectives based on genetic diversity to boost the restoration and conservation of these habitat-forming species, whose impact will be reflected in all associated species.

In addition to CIIMAR as the coordinating entity, the projects also involve researchers from the University of Barcelona, the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC), Aix-Marseille Université, and the Center for Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve (CCMAR).

See the full press release.